Amid the lush beauty of Jamaica’s northern coast lies the
true story of Ian Fleming’s iconic creation: James Bond.
For two months every year, from 1946 to his death eighteen
years later, Ian Fleming lived at Goldeneye, the house he built on a point of
high land overlooking a small white-sand beach on Jamaica’s stunning north
coast. All the James Bond novels and stories were written here.
This book explores the huge influence of Jamaica on the creation
of Fleming’s iconic postwar hero. The island was for Fleming part retreat from
the world, part tangible representation of his values, and part exotic fantasy.
Goldeneye also examines Fleming’s Jamaican
friendships—his extraordinary circle included Errol Flynn, the Oliviers,
international politicians, and British royalty, as well as his close neighbor Noël Coward—and traces his changing relationship with Ann Charteris (and hers
with Jamaica) and the emergence of Blanche Blackwell as his Jamaican soul mate.
compares the real Jamaica of the 1950s during the buildup to independence with
the island’s portrayal in the Bond books, to shine a light on the attitude of
the likes of Fleming and Coward to the dramatic end of the British Empire. Download and start listening now!